GOLDEN CIRCLE AND SNORKELING

Price from kr 21,490 approx € 156

DURATION

9,5 Hours

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Go Snorkeling Between Continental Plates & Explore The Golden Circle

Go Snorkeling Between Continental Plates & Explore The Golden Circle

This is the perfect combination of waterfalls, geothermal springs, and unparalleled landscapes paired with an opportunity to dive into the crystal-clear glacial waters that National Geographic describes as a top diving spot around the world. Here you can descend down into Thingvellir's rift valley that lays between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and is the birthplace of the world's oldest continuous parliaments.

The road continues to the Geysir Area, where hot springs steam and boil as anticipation builds before the famous Strokkur Geysir erupts to a height of more than 30 meters. The final stop takes you down along a canyon with thunderous roar growing as you approach the magnificent and powerful Gullfoss waterfall.

Join our tour and step aboard one of our new buses, fully equipped with WiFi connected computer tablets for each guest. The tablets provide you with a continuous stream of relevant information along the journey with a GPS synced Audio Guide, available with a choice of 10 languages.  Along the tour our local hosts will make your experience comfortable and are happy to answer any questions you might have about our peculiar country. In each seat you will also find a USB outlet to charge any of your devices.

This is one of our all time favourites and a classic Icelandic day tour.

DETAILS ON THE SILFRA SNORKELLING & GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR
Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Available all year round (depending on weather)
Age limit: 12 years for snorkelling

Those snorkelling must meet the following requirements:

You will need to bring a medical waiver form filled out and signed. This is absolutely necessary for participation in snorkeling at Silfra. The waiver is provided by Troll Expeditions and can be found here.

You may not participate in Snorkeling if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement Form
     – click here. You can sign the form at the meeting location.
  • Be comfortable in water and be able to swim.
  • Communicate in English or have an interpreter with you at the time of the tour.
  • Be physically fit.
  • Not be pregnant.
  • You must be ready to wear a tight and constricting dry suit to protect your body from the cold.
  • You must be a minimum of 150 cm and a maximum of 200 cm in height and weigh between 45 and 120 kilos along with being physically fit.
  • You must be a maximum of 65 years of age to participate in this tour. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver, available on page 2 of the medical form.
  • You must be a minimum of 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
  •  If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you need a medical waiver.
  • Please note that should you have any neurological, circulatory or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses or have any physical problems you might have to turn in a physicians allowance to participate in this tour.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sights
  • All necessary equipment for snowmobiling (helmet, gloves, snow-suit)
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB-charger for each seat

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts.
  • For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended.
  • For Snorkeling: You need to have a filled out medical waiver. In case of any medical history, a doctor may need to also sign off on it. Please see medical form here. The Snorkeling portion is operated by Troll Expeditions.

Itinerary

  • Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will depart for Þingvellir, a 45-60 minute ride.
  • The tour starts with Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you walk down the path into a rift valley and admire the view while learning about Icelandic history.
  • At the shores of the Þingvellir lake, you will jump into the astonishingly clear water for a chance to swim between the American and European sides of Iceland. You will have about 2 hours 
  • The next stop is at Geysir Hot Springs, the home of the one-and-only original geyser and Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Steaming hot water erupts from the famous Strokkur Geyser every few minutes.
  • Heading back down Gullfoss Waterfall after about 3.5 hours you will have a chance to view a powerful glacial river as it cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar.
  • We then drive you back towards Reykjavik to our Reykjavik Terminal. If you booked a SmartBus pickup, you will be taken back to your place of stay from here. 

This tour is about 10 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. You spend at least 45 minutes at the major stops giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nature and to take some pictures.

Total distance covered: 290 km or 180 mi

Itinerary

Reykjavík Terminal

The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.

• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher. 
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.

Þingvellir National Park

The first stop along the Gold Circle features a stunning views over the rift valley. A UNESCO heritage site with beautiful geographical features and a rich political history.

Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.

As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.

Geysir Hot Springs

The most iconic Iceland natural site, the Geysir hot springs are home to the original erupting geyser.

A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.

Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travelers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.

Gullfoss Waterfall

A powerful and inspiring place. There the glacier water thunders down 32 meters in three steps and into a narrow canyon with an breathtaking roar and grandeur.

As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance. 

Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.

Silfra Snorkeling

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Thingvellir lake that sits between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates.

Silfra has been described by the National Geographic as a top diving location around the world. Snorkeling at this location is an experience that people have described as flying because of the extremely clarity of the water which offers visibility up to 120 meters. 

You will have about 2.5 hours to enjoy the park and snorkel at Silfra before returning to P2 where you will be picked up to continue along the Golden Circle.

Important information

Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.

Be aware that a medical waiver must be filled out and brought along in order to participate in the snorkeling portion of the tour. The waiver is provided by Troll Expeditions and can be downloaded from their website

You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.

Lunch is not included, In Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.

What’s included

  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Admission to the sights
  • All necessary equipment for snowmobiling (helmet, gloves, snow-suit)
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB-charger for each seat

What do I need to bring

For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts. 

For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended.

For Snorkeling: You need to have a filled out medical waiver. In case of any medical history, a doctor may need to also sign off on it. Please see medical form here. The Snorkeling portion is operated by Troll Expeditions.

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge
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